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Mid-Major Madness Power Rankings: The nation’s best begin to separate

Meanwhile at the bottom of the rankings, chaos reigns

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One thing I’ve always liked about our Power Rankings is that our voters come from all over the country. Do they have their biases? Sure. That’s unavoidable. But it also means every mid-major has a voice. If a team in the southwest is playing well and not getting much attention, we have Josh, who has probably seen them live and can report back. Chris, meanwhile, has seen every Summit League school come through his corner of the midwest, while I feel like I have a good grip on the northeast.

As much as this helps us, it also means there’s bound to be some variation on our ballots, and through the first nine weeks, that was the case throughout. You’ll see below that we still can’t agree on much south of the top 10 — one of the reasons we have so many ties. But our top six stayed the same this week from last week, and nearly all of us had those teams in some order up top.

That means the best teams in the country are separating themselves from the rest. We’ve known Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s were up there for a while, but now it’s clear that UNC Wilmington and Illinois State belong in the conversation as well, as Middle Tennessee continues to knock on the door.

The complete rankings are below.

Mid-Major Madness Power Rankings

RANK TEAM RECORD LAST WEEK POINTS
1 Gonzaga (9) 20-0 1 225
2 Saint Mary's 17-2 2 213
3 UNC Wilmington 19-2 3 195
4 Wichita State 17-4 4 189
4 Dayton 15-4 5 189
6 Illinois State 16-4 6 182
7 Middle Tennessee 17-3 9 173
8 VCU 15-5 7 137
9 Akron 16-3 15 134
10 Valparaiso 16-4 10 123
10 Chattanooga 15-4 11 123
12 Nevada 16-4 8 112
13 Rhode Island 12-6 12 109
13 New Mexico State 18-2 14 109
15 Monmouth 16-5 17 93
16 College of Charleston 16-5 12 81
17 Vermont 16-5 19 77
17 BYU 15-6 21 77
19 UT Arlington 15-5 16 69
20 Princeton 10-6 NR 40
20 East Tennessee State 15-5 20 40
22 Winthrop 15-4 NR 30
23 Louisiana Tech 14-6 NR 29
24 Florida Gulf Coast 15-6 18 25
25 St. Bonaventure 12-6 NR 19
Others Receiving Votes: Belmont 18; Bucknell 14; Boise State 13; Oakland 10; Louisiana 9; La Salle 8; North Dakota State 8; New Mexico 7; UC Irvine 7; UNC Greensboro 6; Georgia Southern 6; San Diego State 5; Santa Clara 5; Richmond 3; Harvard 3; Ohio 3; Fort Wayne 3; UNC Asheville 3; Canisius 1.

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